Ellsworth’s Emma Whitney returns a serve during a high school girls’ tennis playoff match against Washington Academy on May 29 at Ellsworth High School. The Ellsworth girls won the match 4-1 to advance to the regional semifinals for the first time since 2014. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELL

EHS girls top WA to reach B North tennis semis; GSA boys, girls sweep quarterfinal matches

ELLSWORTH — Three Hancock County teams are set to participate in the Northern Maine semifinals after winning their quarterfinal matches.

In Class B North, the No. 2 Ellsworth girls improved to 11-2 on the season Wednesday with a 4-1 victory over No. 7 Washington Academy (7-7). Miriam Nelson, Brianna Abbott and Faith Braley won their singles matches for the Eagles, and the duo of Jocelyn Boudreau and Bailey Clarke claimed a 6-0, 6-0 win in doubles play.

With the win, Ellsworth clinched its first regional semifinal berth since 2014. The Eagles can advance to their first regional title match since 2013 with a win at home against No. 3 Erskine Academy (11-3) at 11 a.m. tomorrow, June 1.

In Class C North, the George Stevens Academy girls’ and boys’ teams advanced with home wins over Van Buren and Houlton, respectively. The girls’ team (11-2) earned a 5-0 win Wednesday over No. 7 Van Buren (8-3), and the boys’ team (10-3) won by the same score Thursday against sixth-ranked Houlton (8-6).

Both GSA teams will be back in action tomorrow for the semifinals. The girls’ team will host No. 6 Piscataquis (10-4) at 2:30 p.m., and the boys will face No. 2 Mattanawcook Academy (11-2) at 4:30 in Lincoln.

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